• A Knight of the Word

  • By: Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (509 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A no-holds-barred battle between Good and Evil.... 

Eight centuries ago, the first Knight of the Word was commissioned to combat the demonic evil of the Void. Now that daunting legacy has passed to John Ross - along with powerful magic and the knowledge that his actions are all that stand between a living hell and humanity's future. 

Then, after decades of service to the Word, an unspeakable act of violence shatters John Ross' weary faith. Haunted by guilt, he turns his back on his dread gift, settling down to build a normal life, untroubled by demons and nightmares. 

But a fallen Knight makes a tempting prize for the Void, which could bend the Knight's magic to its own evil ends. And once the demons on Ross' trail track him to Seattle, neither he nor anyone close to him will be safe. His only hope is Nest Freemark, a college student who wields an extraordinary magic all her own. Five years earlier, Ross had aided Nest when the future of humanity rested upon her choice between Word and Void. Now Nest must return the favor. She must restore Ross' faith, or his life - and hers - will be forfeit.... 

©2001 Terry Brooks (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"[An] urban dark fantasy...Sharp and satisfying." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"Superior to anything being written in the genre...Terry Brooks is one of a handful of fantasy writers whose work consistently meets the highest literary standards." (Rocky Mountain News)

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Drama, suspense, with a little twist

The second book in the series starts out with a tale of the tragic hero who needs rescuing. Well tied in with the first book. This could stand on its own merit but helps alot if you are familiar with book one. At least for some a the climactic points in the book. A little bothered by different pronunciations of characters between 2 different orators. All in all a very good listen!

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Good Book

I enjoy Terry Brooks' writing and the narrator make the story come to life for me.

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A knight of the Word.

It’s been 10 years since the incident in Hopewell. In Seattle we are have found a John Ross who has renounced the Word. He works for a homeless shelter. The only problem is the Word has not forgotten him. Neither has Void...which is a breath away from owning his very soul.

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Build up did not match conclusion

I think the conclusion at the end was to simple and fast, based on the history buildup. For sure I will listen to the third book.

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great book mediocre narration

great book mediocre narration. terry brooks is my favorite author. going through the series in chronological order.

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Wonderful

I love Terry brooks a favorite for sure no question. I am hopeful for the sequel.

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Best story yet in my opinion.

i really enjoyed the character growth of John Ross and Nest Freemark. This story also seemed to have a different feel about it than previous ones I've listened to. I felt as if i was with John and Nest on this journey.

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A great sequel to "Running with the Demon".

A great sequel to "Running with the Demon". Long live Terry Brooks! Mark Deakins does a great job narrating.

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Good story

Storyline took a while to get going and could be a little confusing, but everything wrapped up nicely in the end.

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Great progression of reality to dystopia, A+

Love this series so far! Great progression in story and characters while maintaining a well balanced pace. I look forward to the easy of Word and the Void series.

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  • D. Moreira
  • 05-13-22

Sequels are tricky.

Not a bad book but nowhere near as good as Running With The Demon. To me this one took a while to get going and then suddenly was finished. It just felt a bit rushed to me. There are aspects of the book especially certain characters(I'm trying not to give spoilers) thay I wanted more from.
The plot was also predictable especially concerning the identity of a certain character(spoiler avoided!).
I love Terry's work and have read many of his books, this one, is not among the best.
Still, lets see what part 3 of this story brings....

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  • Mark C.
  • 03-21-18

Awesome

I read this book years ago and was engulfed in the world of John Ross and Nest Freemark... listening to it was almost like watching a movie, narration was excellent and I’m moving on to Angel Fire East next.

Audible please can we have running with the demon released soon!

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  • Ms Spirit
  • 07-15-20

Awesome

Loved it, annoyed my partner because I had to keep listening to it "everywhere" lol

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  • Andrew Wallace
  • 12-22-19

A great book indeed

Terry Brooks is a leader in story telling with a healthy knack for spinning said tale